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News - February 2012

Chevrolet Ranks as Top Performance Brand in U.S.


Chevrolet Ranks as Top Performance Brand in U.S.

Corvette and Camaro accounted for one in three sports car sales in 2011


DETROIT – Chevrolet is America’s favorite performance brand, with Camaro and Corvette accounting for one out of every three sports cars sold in the United States in 2011.

Chevrolet accounted for 37 percent of the sports-car segment last year, selling 88,249 Camaros, which surpassed its nearest competitor, the Ford Mustang, by more than 18,000 units. That lead is expected to increase when the new Camaro ZL1 goes on sale this month.

Chevrolet accounted for 28 percent of the luxury-sports-car segment in 2011, selling 13,164 Corvettes. Currently the only domestic car in the segment, Corvette more than doubled the sales of its nearest competitor, the Porsche 911. 

Top 5 Sports Cars by
2011 Total Sales and Market Share


Top 5 Luxury Sports Cars by
2011 Total Sales and Market Share


Chevrolet Camaro





Chevrolet Corvette




Ford Mustang





Porsche 911




Dodge Challenger





BMW 6-Series




Honda CR-Z









Hyundai Veloster





Mercedes  SLK




“With the addition of the Camaro ZL1, there are only a handful of brands in the world with two cars that can match the performance, technology, and excitement of Corvette and Camaro,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “Unlike many competitors’ performance cars, the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1 are appropriate for both daily drivers and track use from the factory – with standard coolers for brakes and drivetrain.”

“And we challenge any company to bring two cars to compete with the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1, dollar for dollar,” Reuss said. “They will discover what enthusiasts already know – that Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette are the world’s best performance cars for the money.”

To demonstrate the capabilities of the Corvette and Camaro, Chevrolet recently tested full-production models with no performance modifications on the “Grand Course” at Virginia International Raceway. The Grand Course configuration is a challenge for production cars because it requires prodigious power, precise handling and tenacious grip to record a fast lap.

In a 2012 Corvette ZR1, equipped with new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, Corvette engineer Jim Mero lapped the Grand Course in 2:45.6 – faster than the published lap time for any production car.

In a 2012 Camaro ZL1, Camaro engineer Aaron Link lapped the Grand Course in 2:52.4 – more than six seconds faster than the published lap time of a 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 on the same track.

Car and Driver Magazine, which conducts the annual Lightning Lap shootout at Virginia International Raceway, called the track “the nearest thing to the Nurburgring’s fabled Nordschleife.”

“The Grand Course at VIR is an excellent test of all-around vehicle performance,” said

Reuss.  “Like the Nurburgring, a single lap at VIR tests every aspect of a car, including power, brakes, steering, tire grip and chassis balance.  To break a three-minute lap on the four-mile Grand Course is an incredible accomplishment for any car.”

The Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful vehicle Chevrolet has ever produced, with a supercharged, 6.2L, LS9 V-8 delivering 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque. Of all mass-production companies, Chevrolet is the leader in carbon fiber use, with the lightweight material used for structural components on the ZR1 including the front fenders, hood, roof, front splitter, rocker panels and floor pans. With a curb weight of 3,353 pounds, the ZR1 features a power-to-weight ratio of just 5.2 pounds per horsepower. As a result, the ZR1 is also the fastest Chevrolet ever produced, capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 205 mph. The Corvette ZR1 starts at $112,575, including destination.

The Camaro ZL1 is the most-powerful Camaro ever produced, with a supercharged, 6.2L, LSA V-8 delivering 580-horsepower, and 556 pound-feet of torque. It is also the most-sophisticated Camaro ever, with exclusive performance technologies including Performance Traction Management and Magnetic Ride suspension. Other standard performance features include six-piston Brembo brakes, and coolers for the rear differential, brakes, and transmission. As a result, the ZL1 is also the most-capable Camaro ever, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, reaching a top speed of 184 mph, and lapping the famed Nurburgring in just 7:41.27. The Camaro ZL1 starts at $54,995, including destination.

Both Corvette and Camaro have also recently been recognized by IntelliChoice as the best overall value in their segments – further evidence that consumers get more performance for their money from Chevrolet.

 February 29, 2012
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Police are after Mandla Mandela


Police are after Mandla Mandela, whom they claim is evading arrest. It is now reported on TIMESLive that a warrant of arrest was issued last Friday after Mandela failed to appear in the Bityi Periodical Court near Mthatha on charges of Bigamy. It is also reported that he did not appear in the Bityi police station yesterday (20 February 2012) where he was mandated to appear.


The police station’s Commander has asked Cape Town police to arrest the Mvezo Chief. The National Prosecuting Authority reportedly denies that a warrant of arrest has been issued against the grandson of Nelson Mandela, however, on the other hand the Daily Dispatch in East London is reported to be in possession of a copy of the signed warrant.

 February 23, 2012
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Eastern Cape municipalities are battling to retain skilled professionals


Eastern Cape municipalities are battling to retain skilled professionals who will be able fast-track service delivery. This statement was made by Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane in an interview where he said municipalities need professionals who have the know-how and experience to turn local government around.


Qoboshiyane said he will bring the issue up with the provincial cabinet so they can come up with a strategy to attract and retain skilled personnel. He said employing unqualified people in positions is costing municipalities in the Eastern Cape huge amounts of money that government cannot afford.

 February 23, 2012
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Port Elizabeth murder case


A Port Elizabeth man has told the Port Elizabeth High Court of his distress after being a prime suspect in the murder of his wife. The Herald reports that Garth van Niekerk appeared in court yesterday (20 February 2012) alongside two alleged murder suspects Thembinkosi Kweta and Sibulele Mazantsi. Van Niekerk told the court he was trying to revive his wife at their Kragga Kamma property on the evening of the 1st of April 2009 when police accused him of being involved in the crime.


To add to the frustration, in the newspaper he blames the police for not doing their job properly as he was able find the murder weapon in his property. The trial continues.

 February 23, 2012
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Na die baie positiewe reaksie, bied Obed Produksies weer die Afrikaanse musiekblyspel, “Immanuel, God met ons” deur die bekende dramaturg Danie Matthee, aan.

Indien jy in Desember die gewilde blyspel “Immanuel, God met ons” misgeloop het, is daar vir jou goeie nuus! Die blyspel word weer aanbied “by popular demand”, hierdie keer in die kerksaal van die NG Gemeente Kraggakamma te Broadway, Sunridge Park vanaf 8 – 11 Maart.


Die blyspel is geskryf deur Danie Matthee wat ook vir die regie sorg. Hy het reeds Showtime toekennings ontvang as akteur, ‘n Kanna nominasie vir sy toneelstuk Eendag op ‘n Reëndag en ‘n Afrikoontoekenning vir sy bydare tot Afrikaanse toeneelkuns. Getrou aan sy kreatiewe aanslag, vertel dié blyspel die verhaal van Jesus vanuit die perspektief van Herodes se vervolging.


Met oorspronklike musiek, spesiaal gekomponeer deur Andre Reyneke en danse deur die choreograaf Kareen Breytenbach, beloof ‘Immanuel’ nie net ‘n betekenisvolle verhaal en boodskap nie, maar ook hope vermaak vir oud en jonk.


As jy op soek is na sinvolle vermaak, kom woon een van die vertonings van 8 - 11 Maart om 19:30 in die Kraggakamma kerksaal by. Kaartjies kos R60 en word deur verskeie plaaslike skole verkoop, maar is ook beskikbaar by Westway Kaffee in Kaapweg, Newton Park en die kerkkantoor (041 360 1484).

 February 20, 2012
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Whitney's ex not welcome at funeral


Whitney Houston's ex-husband Bobbi Brown, is very disappointed after he found out that several family members warned him not to attend her funeral, reports TMZ. People close to the Houston family reportedly warned Bobby not to even consider attending Houston's funeral because the family doesn't like him. Bobby has still not officially heard from the family about whether he could attend the funeral or not. According to sources Brown wants to attend the funeral to support his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, but he has not decided what he will do yet.



Meanwhile it has been reported that private funeral service will be held on Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church, the New Jersey church where Houston once sang growing up. There will be no memorial service/wake.

 February 15, 2012
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Mr South Africa visits PE schools


Valentine’s Day came early for the learners from Lungisa High School in KwaDwesi in Port Elizabeth when Mr South Africa, Adriaan Bergh, visited their school today.


Driven by Chevrolet, Bergh visits schools across the country to motivate learners to follow their dreams and make a success of their future. The 24-year-old Quantity Surveying Honours student from Pretoria visited schools in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Durban and departs for Cape Town this week. By the end of the tour he would have reached approximately 80 000 learners. Excited about their visitor are grade 12 learners from left, Ongeza Ntseta (17), Phila Medola (19), Anelisa Jokolo (17) and Asavela Ndabaninzi (17). 


Photographer: Faizel Felix

 February 13, 2012
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The police have embarked on a project that will involve the youth in fighting crime. This is due to the fact that they are the ones who are targeted to further criminal activities as a result they end up even leaving the school before time.


Six high schools in Kwadwesi pricinct such as Lungisa high school, Kwamagxaki high school, S.E.K. Mqhayi high school, Tyhilulwazi high school, E.Z. Kabane high school and Gqebera high school with two students from each school participated in the project to become junior station commander.


Students expressed themselves on how can they be engaged in fighting crime. Mr Papier from Department of Education encouraged them and said ” students should not go out of the school to avoid being involved in criminal activities.


They should be patient and teachers will do their utmost best to help them even if they experience difficulty they should try more. Mrs Du Plessies from Safety and Safety and Security made it clear that now youth that will strategize in fighting crime is needed.


This is the opportunity for Kwadwesi youth to show their potential and where they are going and they will make a difference. At the end Thethelwa Wellem of E.Z. Kabane high school was nominated as the junior station commander of Kwadwesi police station.


On picture 7320 on:

Back Row from L-R: Colonel Mpho Rabela ( Motherwell Cluster Office), Captain Niel Meyer ( Detective Commander), Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Forche’    (Kwadwesi Station Commander) and Captain Steven Ngangamsha ( Vispol Commander).


Middle Row, L-R: Qaqamba Msizi ( Shoprite Trainee Manager), Kwadwesi Councillor Nomonde Poyo, Vuyiseka Mani (Youth CPF), Nondyebo Mnene

(Deputy chairperson CPF),  Constable  Lucille Thomas( Project Organiser), Warrant officer Nomachule Saki ( Support Services Head) , and Nmawethu Jama (Motherwell CPF chairperson).


Font Row: L-R: Lelethu Speelman (Kwamagxaki high), Reserve; Sidima Mfeku (E. Z. Kabane high), junior support services commander; Zintle Gotyana (   Lungisa high), junior detective commander; Siphosethu Bunyula ( Kwamagxaki high), junior visible policing commander and Thethelwa Wellem  (E. Z. Kabane high), Junior station commander.


As police we hope that their involvement in fighting crime will be of great success as they will making a big difference and impact in all schools.


Pictures taken by warrant officer dumile gwavu.


Again in Motherwell there were operations that were held and Kamvelihle as a result 95 people were arrested for different crimes. Police made themselves visible in the area conducting stop and searches as a result 32 people were arrested for drunken disorderly;


16 people were arrested for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm; 9 people were arrested for domestic violence; 7 people were arrested for drunken driving; 3 people were arrested for warrant of arrest; 3 people were arrested for armed robbery; 3 people were arrested for rape;


3 people were arrested for intimidation and assault; 3 people were arrested for possession of dagga; 2 people were arrested for possession of dagga and mandrax; 4 people were arrested for possession of mandrax;


1 person was arrested for reckless and negligent driving and driving  motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol; 1 person was arrested for high jacking; 1 person was arrested for contravention of protection order; 1 person was arrested for use of motor vehicle with out owners consent;


1 person was arrested for assault on police and 1 person was arrested for possession of suspected stolen property.




Warrant officer dumile gwavu

Motherwell SAPS

Corporate Communication

TEL: 041 4076 428

FAX: 041 4076 511

CEL: 082 3025 882 

 February 12, 2012
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[Thursday, 9 February 2012] The New Year started with a bump when Transnet National Ports Authority staff, management and emergency personnel were called in when a Chinese dredger began sinking at the Port of Ngqura on 1 January 2012.


Fortunately, quick action and teamwork by TNPA employees and emergency workers averted what could have been a tragedy had there been multiple drownings.  Also a potential oil spill and subsequent damage to the environment was avoided. 


Tau Morwe, CE of TNPA, said: “ TNPA has put in place stringent policies to deal with crises such as that involving the dredger.


“We also have dedicated and skilled personnel who comprise the crisis team to handle such emergency situations.”


Salvage operator, Smit Amandla was appointed by the vessel owners. The salvage team conducted the salvage operation in a professional manner and it took them 14 days to pump out all hydrocarbon fuels and to seal off all compartments.


Refloatation commenced on 06 January and the dredger was eventually refloated on 22 January 2012.


The vessel has been moved away from site and is currently berthed at Multi-Purpose terminal and the salvage operation has been completed.


Preparations are also being made to transport the vessel back to China.


A floating boom is set up around the vessel to ensure zero oil contamination.


“During the entire incident, there was no risk to port operations and to ships entering or leaving the port.”


“Therefore, business has not been affected and there will be no impact on the economy of the Eastern Cape,” said Morwe.


The sinking of the dredger has not had an impact on the date of completion of the container terminal expansion project at Ngqura, scheduled for July 2012.





“A larger capacity dredger, a tug and another three barges are expected to leave China on 25 February 2012. These vessels are scheduled to arrive at the end of March and dredging will resume on 25 March 2012.”


With the 106m3 dredger and five barges, the expected completion date of mid-July is, therefore, realistic,” said Morwe


The Ngqura container terminal currently handles 800 000 containers (20 foot TEU) annually and is 800 m long. It is anticipated that after the expansion the container terminal with its 4 berths,  will be able to accommodate 2 million TEU’s and will be 1 300m in length.

 February 09, 2012
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President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address to be screened live


The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM), Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) and the Office of the Premier (OTP) will jointly host a live public screening of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday, 9 February 2012, starting at 18h00 (6pm), at the George Botha Sports Centre, KwaNoxolo, Port Elizabeth.


As part of this occasion, an expert panel, stakeholders and the public will engage with each other and reflect on the President’s Address.

Please note that the context and content thrust of the SONA are premised on government’s five key priorities, namely:

o    Education

o    Health

o    Decent work and sustainable livelihoods

o    Rural development and agrarian reform

o    Fight against crime


The draft programme is as follows:


18h00 – 18h05               Opening and Welcome by Chairperson

18h05 – 18h30               Panelists’ expectations of the SONA

18h30 – 18h55               Public’s expectations

19h00 – 20h00              State of the Nation Address by President Jacob Zuma

20h00 – 20h15               Perspective of Executive Mayor, Cllr Zanoxolo Wayile

20h15 – 20h30               Reflections by panelists

20h30                           Inputs by and engagement with public


Media are kindly requested to attend



Portia Mlisa

Senior Communication Officer

Ground Floor, KwaNtu towers

Govan Mbeki Avenue, Port Elizabeth

 February 08, 2012
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substance abusers turn over a new leaf


 A group of substance abusers in the Gelvandale area have been given a new lease on life this past week, after attending the Anathallo 10 Step Recovery & Life Skills Impartation Workshop.
The program, written and presented by Ignacio Schneider, aims to assist substance abusers towards recovery and restoration. It couples biblical principles with experience of substance abuse and formal rehabilitation. Mr Schneider himself was a substance abuser for 12 years.
The first workshop, which started on 10 October, was attended by Weldon Mentoor, Sagren Erasmus, Georgia Langford, Lester Stevens, Christopher Moss and Jillian Williams
“The visible change in the attendees after merely days was amazing. From scruffy to clean-shaven, from sagging shoulders to heads held high,  the change of heart has become apparent on their exterior”, said Schneider.
Facilitator Lucius Hufkie commented that Anathallo focuses not only on the physical and emotional effects of substance abuse, but mainly on the spiritual aspect. Abusers don’t only damage their bodies, but they lose self-confidence and hope. “These substances erode the good from every area of an abusers’ life”.
Extensive media coverage in week 1 has sparked the demand for more workshops, particularly in other parts of the Northern areas.
Subsequent workshops will be held as follows: West End Community Centre, 24-28 October; Booysens Park Community Hall 24-28 October; Harvest Christian Centre, Jacksonville 31 October to 4 November. All workshops are from 8am until 2pm on daily. Cost is R500 per participant, inclusive of all learning material and catering.
A call is being made for sponsorship. “Not everyone who expresses interest in the program can afford it. We appeal to our communities to support the initiative and in doing so, help put a life back on the right side of the tracks”, said Schneider.
Contact Ignacio Schneider at 073 302 7666 for further information and registration.
The workshops continue weekly.

 October 26, 2016
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Local is “LekkaMos” with Bay FM 107.9


BayFM 107.9 is making good on the slogan ‘Our Community, Your radio’ with the launch of its exciting new campaign ‘#LekkaMos’.
 The # LekkaMos concept, aimed at providing a platform of exposure for home-grown talent, is set to revolutionise both marketing of and appreciation for local talent, across all genres.
“As a radio station functioning in the Eastern Cape, we have recognised both the abundance of exceptional talent, as well as our responsibility to said talent. It’s with this in mind, that this concept was birthed,” said BayFM Acting General Manager, Angelique Graaff.
#LekkaMos is derived from Local is Lekker, a phrase often used in conjunction with music or anything home-grown. Mos, an Afrikaans word, implies that what has been said is well known or self-evident.
“This is exactly what we, as a station, discovered. Our local talent has unique appeal. Gone are the days when aspiring artists relocate to other provinces in an effort to establish themselves.  With #LekkaMos, they can now step it up in their own backyard,” Graaff remarked.
With a listenership of 100 000, BayFM has the base to become a stepping stone for budding artists. #LekkaMos will create a platform for artists to show case their talent, by providing airplay to artists looking to break into the industry. This in turn provides the scope to harness local support and encourage greater awareness.
“#LekkaMos has the potential to develop beyond radio; it is however essential that we start somewhere. Local artists will soon know that BayFM 107.9 supports home-grown talent. Its #LekkaMos”, said BayFM Programs Manager, Luzuko Qoba.
The Lekkamos show, where only local music and artists will be featured, debuts this coming Saturday at 8pm.
Artists may visit   for more information on how to submit music.

 August 23, 2016
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 February 10, 2016
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BY Sipho Ngwema



The Gospel Music Festival of the Nelson Mandela Bay Cultural Festival scheduled to take place at the Jabavu Stadium in Uitenhage this Saturday has been postponed to September 05.


The announcement follows media reports of a music scam that left scorers of concert-goers, local community leaders and entertainers furious after a local organiser duped people into buying tickets for a bogus concert supposedly scheduled to take place at the same venue last week Saturday.


The fiasco has had devastating effect on this weekend's gospel concert as ticket sales dropped dramatically immediately after the news of the scam emerged. Security reports indicate that there may be community action planned as the result of the scam.


The Nelson Mandela Bay Cultural Festival decided to take precautionary step and move the show to September to allow emotions to subside and the situation to return to normal. The plunge in public confidence towards concerts as a direct result of the scam is hopefully temporary and show will return in September.


Fortunately, the artists that were meant to perform this coming Saturday have overwhelmingly agreed to come back in September and assist in efforts to restore credibility of the entertainment industry.

Issued by Sipho Ngwema on behalf of Nelson Mandela Bay Cultural Festival. For more information call him at 082 499 8111.

 July 09, 2015
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BY Starburst Music

He opened for Bon Jovi during their 2013 Because We Can world tour in South Africa and regularly performs in the UK and US.  He has won Wawela Music Award for ‘Best Male Artist & Composer’ and was nominated for ‘Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatrical Documentary’.  He recently released his smash hit, Indestructible, off his brand new album Apollo, which is currently burning up the airwaves around the country.

They opened for Westlife during their 2011 tour in Namibia and for Air Supply during their 2014 tour in South Africa.  They have been winning South African Ghoema and Huisgenoot Tempo Music awards since 2011 and regularly perform at the biggest Afrikaans festivals and shows around the country.  Their self-titled album achieved gold status during 2013 and they have just been nominated for another Huisgenoot Tempo award for their music video GOUD from their latest album, GOUD, which is due to reach gold status any day now.

South African award-winning and chart-topping singer/songwriter and pop/rock/dance artist, Daniel Baron and the popular award-winning Afrikaans pop group and singer/songwriters, ADAM (Hugo Ludik, Reynardt Hugo and Kyle Grant) have joined forces for this hit collaboration!

Their very first international single, SAY WHAT YOU WANT, will be released to South African audiences during June 2015.  It has already been released in Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg by the European record label, Red Bullet, in early May 2015 and will soon be released to the rest of Europe.  

The single will play exclusively and for the first time on the 947 and KFM Kia Top 40 on 6 June 2015, where after the song will be released to radio stations nationally and will be followed by the release of the music video.
The song was written by Hugo Ludik and Daniel Baron for no particular project or reason – only for the sake of putting two creative heads together and seeing what comes from it.  The result is: SAY WHAT YOU WANT.
“The choice to do the song together as a collaboration didn't take much thought or time. Both Daniel and ourselves identified with every single part of the song - from the lyrics to the melody and production - and felt that our musical strengths combined would turn this song into a big hit, as well as a song we can be proud of. We are hoping that this song will get as much airplay worldwide as it deserves” says Hugo Ludik – founder of the group ADAM.

Daniel Baron says:  “I've known Hugo Ludik for a couple of years now. Before the ADAM group formed, we used to perform together as session musicians in different bands. Very recently we caught up and decided to co-write a song. We sat down for 2 hours and came up with "Say What You Want". It's the perfect collaboration song for both myself and ADAM because it carries elements of both our sounds, and it also crosses over to new genres. It's been incredible to work with ADAM. They are true professionals and true rock stars.”

#SayWhatYouWant… but this single is guaranteed to be a big hit!

 June 18, 2015
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BY Fairview Racecourse

The SW Security East Cape Derby and Prawn Festival meeting at Fairview on Sunday was an enormous success and a vibrant crowd of over 5000 racegoers cheered home the horses enthusiastically for all nine of the races.

The Joey Ramsden-trained St Tropez stamped himself as a stayer with a very bright future when sauntering to victory in the main race of the day, the Grade 3 Cape Derby over 2400m, under his world class jockey Anton Marcus.
Later, the Alan Greef-trained two-year-old colt Juan Two Three put himself in pole position to be named the Eastern Cape Champion Juvenile Male when winning the Listed Epol Dahlia Plate over 1200m easily and impressively under Greg Cheyne.
The weekend’s fun started on Friday with an eight race meeting on the polytrack.

The Prawn Festival meeting on the Sunday has become one of the most anticipated family fun days on the Port Elizabeth social calendar and the carnival-like atmosphere at this year’s event proved that it is growing from strength to strength.

1800 kilograms of prawns were sold and patrons also lapped up the plentiful on course entertainment that was provided.

The crowd lingered on until the last horse had been led away from the winner’s enclosure. They didn’t seem to want the day to end.
Phumelela’s Sales and Marketing Exec, Clyde Basel commented “We couldn’t be happier with the success and growth of the Derby weekend. Fairview hasn't seen that many people in ages and we can grow our database in order to engage with new faces, hopefully bring them back to the races and invite them to be a part of the Racing. It's a Rush campaign, a process that takes them through the various levels of participation".

 May 11, 2015
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